Dairy Free Low Carb aka “The Paleo Diet”

Up until just a few hours ago, I didn’t really know what was meant by “The Paleo Diet”.  I’ve been happily and successfully doing my own low carb diet for the last 6 months and am down almost 70 lbs at this point.  Not to mention 5%+ less body fat and 9+ inches off my abdomen.  Not bad.

Then a couple weeks ago, I got the internal message from my body to stop eating dairy.  Which I listened to.  And guess what?  Much of the upfront acute inflammation in my body subsided.  Having had back surgery already and still in pain, even standing to cook was not enjoyable.  But after cutting out dairy the pain has become way more tolerable.  Down to a dull roar even.

But eating low carb and cutting out dairy turns out to be the basis for the gluten free & dairy free diet called the “Paleo Diet”.  The original old school caveman diet which consists of eating whole & non-processed foods like meats, vegetables, some fats, a little fruit and occasional nuts.  Which is exactly what my current low carb diet has evolved into (or rather de-evolved into).

So does that mean I’m going to change the name of this site?  No, probably not.  Paleo is still low carb and for the rest of the population that can tolerate dairy, then this site and it’s contents are a great option.  More than likely I’ll just really focus on whole foods and low carb recipes incorporating whole foods.  There is still plenty to choose from.

Oh yeah, and after 2 weeks of not eating dairy, do I miss it?  Do I honestly miss not eating dairy?  Absolutely not.  For me, eating dairy vs not being in pain – not even close to an issue – no dairy for this body.

Do I think everyone on the planet needs to go on the Paleo diet or a dairy free low carb diet?  Absolutely not.  It depends on your body and your metabolism.  However, if you are carb-sensitive (low blood sugar patterns, fogginess, shakiness, chronic fatigue, poor sleep patterns, obesity) then I would highly recommend switching to low carb for a month, and I just follow the low carb plan on this site and it’s been a good thing.

3 Responses to “Dairy Free Low Carb aka “The Paleo Diet””

  1. avatar Robert says:

    Update!

    Well after 3 weeks of not eating dairy, I did begin to miss it. And so I started eating dairy again. And the inflammation has returned a bit. So maybe all dairy in moderation for the time being.

    Perhaps I’ll do dairy free days or dairy free weekends to shake things up a bit.

  2. avatar Natasha says:

    Robert, I too discovered getting off dairy totally got rid of my fibromyalgia pain. You can do it! I found substitutes like good quality vinegars add flavors to sandwiches, sauces, and advacado adds a richness to foods missing without dairy. Almond milk is wonderful…just keep trying till you find a brand you like. I hope you can stick with it! It’s well worth it and trust me, as a daily dairy eater, if I can do it, ANYONE can!

  3. avatar Robert says:

    I wrote the article above a few years ago. But just recently, I took a blood test that looked at inflammatory results from 95 different foods. Now, there is some speculation as to the validity of such a food allergy test. However, I was willing to give it a shot.

    And the results were interesting.

    Out of the 95 different foods tested for an inflammatory response, DAIRY was the only group I tested for as positive. Meaning, for me, dairy seems to increase inflammation. Which I noted about 4 years ago when I first wrote this blog post.

    Other culprits reported from this food allergy test and which my body didn’t seem to care for were YEAST, TOMATOES, and CORN.

    I actually tested ok to eat gluten. But it’s probably the yeast that is the real issue. That means cutting out bread. Dairy means cutting out cheese, milk, ice cream, etc. There was no option for butter, however butter is fat, not casein, which I also tested positive for an inflammatory response. Corn means, no corn, no corn syrup, no corn starch (found in Chinese cuisine), etc.

    So what’s left? At this point, the Paleo option seems more and more a viable reality. No dairy, low carb, etc.

    Will I give up dairy entirely? No probably not. Letting go of my dairy addiction probably ain’t gonna happen. Moderation I suspect. But I will strive for eating dairy free as much as a I can.

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